Singapore lose out to Barbados at the World Youth Netball Championships
25th August, Glasgow…Singapore’s 21&U team faced their third continent in their third group match of the World Youth Netball Championship today in Glasgow when they played Caribbean nation Barbados in a tough, physical match which they were nudged out 38-67.
Having overcome Pacific Islanders Papua New Guinea and losing to the top-ranked European nation of England yesterday, Singapore were eager to get back to winning ways and fought hard each quarter, keeping the score-line within a reversible margin each quarter so the belief remained throughout the 60 minutes.
The settled quickly despite having to adjust to a different style of play – Barbados play a very physical game with strong, athletic players –closing the first quarter only five goals behind at 9-14.
The height and physical presence of their opponent’s shooters was the major challenge for the Singapore defence and they were consistently on target to push ahead 20-28 at the half and went 31-43 ahead by the end of the penultimate quarter.
The final period was a tense affair as Singapore worked hard in an attempt to claw back the margin but it was a step too far as Barbados stayed focused on their task of collecting their second win of the championship and showed their prowess with a 38-67 victory.
For several periods in the game when Singapore was able to take control of the game, they looked composed and confident across the court, visibly growing as a team with each match played. The work rate was very high from all players and in the shooting circle, Jocelyn Ng attacked with drive and determination at every opportunity, alongside Melissa Teo to keep her team in the hunt.
Goal attack, Ng reflected on the match saying, “It was a really tough match but we had some good phases of play, we just weren’t able to keep them going. We kept fighting though and gave it everything we had.”
Coach Joanne Loo agreed. She said, “We were both fighting for the top eight play-offs so we knew they were going to give us a good fight but we made them work for it. We stuck to our game plan in the first half but in the final periods we ran out of gas a little and need to rest some legs tonight to prepare for our next match. If we win tomorrow we have some big matches ahead of us.”
Tomorrow’s match against the Republic of Ireland (12.45 GMT) is one the team should definitely be targeting for their second victory. Ireland are currently bottom of the pool having yet to win a match and Singapore will be looking to hold them in that position to give themselves a chance in the 9th-16th place playoffs which take place from Wednesday.